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The reports seem to align with my experience. Water temp definitely has an impact on the abundance of Black Sea Bass. Red Grouper seem to be less abundant in NC. Lionfish are likely hurting the population since they live in similar areas and eat juvenile Red Grouper. This could also be part a cycle that should not trigger drastic actions. Vermilion Snapper are doing well. The AP is exactly right about needing to extend the seasons to avoid excessive discards and provide a dependable supply to consumers. A 100 or 200 pound bycatch allowance for the final 25% of seasonal quotas instead of the 500 pound reduction we have now would help. Cobia would be a great candidate for stocking so there are more available to recreational anglers and seafood consumers.